Five Favorite Films with Ewan McGregor
Plus, the star of this week's Salmon Fishing in the Yemen on working with director Lasse Hallström and cracking up with Emily Blunt.
In addition to being immeasurably charming, the rather talented Ewan McGregor has been a mainstay of interesting performances on film for the better part of two decades now. From his early Danny Boyle breakouts through his roles for the likes of Todd Haynes, Peter Greenaway, Steven Soderbergh and Roman Polanski, the actor's delivered consistently creative work; even when the movies were less than stellar (you know what we're talking about), his performances always rose above the material. And when the great Christopher Plummer took home his Supporting Actor Oscar recently, he could thank McGregor's equally nuanced (though largely unsung) turn in Beginners for providing him with the emotional anchor.
In this week's Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, McGregor takes up the piscatorial mantle of one Dr. Alfred Jones, a Scottish fisheries boffin reluctantly convinced by an angling-enthused sheik (Amr Waked) and his feisty investment adviser (Emily Blunt) to assist them in their crazy desert scheme. Not too many actors can wear a khaki fishing vest and make it look good, but then not too many actors get away with impersonating Sir Alec Guinness, either.
We spoke to McGregor recently about the movie, during which time he was also happy to talk about some of his favorite films. "But you should make sure that it's five of my favorite films," he qualifies, "and not my top five films. It's definitely not my all-time favorite films, 'cause then I would have to sit down and think about it more clearly." Duly noted, sir. Read on for more of the interview.
Deliverance (John Boorman, 1972; 94% Tomatometer)
Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975; 100% Tomatometer)
Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper; 1969; 85% Tomatometer)
Next, McGregor talks Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, working with Lasse Hallström and keeping a straight face on set with Emily Blunt.